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Integrate Styled Components and Storybook

Styled Components is a css-in-js framework to build fast and functional components. This recipe shows you how to get the most out of Styled Components in Storybook.

This recipe assumes that you have a React app using styled-components and have just set up Storybook >=7.0 using the getting started guide. Don’t have this? Follow styled-components' installation instructions then run:

How to setup styled-components and Storybook

styled-components is a popular library for building UI components with CSS-in-JS, while Storybook is a tool for creating and testing UI components in isolation. This post will show you how to integrate these two tools to create a powerful and flexible development environment for building user interfaces with styled-components.

This post will explain how to:

  1. 🔌 Setup GlobalStyles
  2. 🧱 Use styled-components in your components
  3. 💅 Use a theme in your stories
  4. 🎨 Switch betweens themes in a click

If you’d like to see the example code of this recipe, check out the example repository on GitHub. Let's get started!

Completed styled-components example with theme switcher

Install @storybook/addon-styling

Add the @storybook/addon-styling package to your DevDependencies


Before running this codemod, please ensure that you have no other changes in your git branch.

As of version 1.3, @storybook/addon-styling offers a codemod for to automatically configure your storybook with styled-components.

To try it out, run the following script:

If the codemod didn't work, please let us know in this GitHub issue so we can continue to make the codemod even better. In the meantime, the instructions below will get you up and running in no time.


Register the addon

Register the addon with Storybook in .storybook/main.js.

How to setup GlobalStyles

UIs often have a set of global styles that are applied to every component like CSS resets, font-size, font-family, and colors.

In styled-components, use the createGlobalStyle API to scope styles globally instead of locally (which is the library's default behavior).

Open .storybook/preview.js and create a GlobalStyles component which includes a font-family. Then apply it to your stories with the withThemeFromJSXProvider decorator by adding it to the decorators array.

If you already have GlobalStyles in your app, you can import it into .storybook/preview.js instead of creating it anew.

Use styled-components in components

Let’s update some of our example components to use styled-components instead. Open up the Button component in ./src/stories/button.js. and replace it with the following code:

Now the Button component is made with styled-components. In Storybook, you won't notice a visual difference. But if you inspect the DOM, you'll see hashed CSS-in-JS classnames.

Provide a theme for styled-components in Storybook

Switching over to using a theme for styled-components in storybook

One of the benefits of styled-components is that you can provide a theme to help you style all of your components in a consistent way. Let's create a new ./src/theme.js and add the following light theme:

To share this theme with the components in Storybook, you'll need to provide it to the withThemeFromJSXProvider decorator along with styled-components ThemeProvider component.

Now, components made with styled-components will get the theme through the theme prop along with the styles inherited from GlobalStyles. Let's update the example components to use the theme.

Add a theme switcher tool using @storybook/addon-styling

Dark mode has become an increasingly popular offering on the web. This can be achieved quickly using themes.

Completed styled-components example with theme switcher

Let's add the following dark theme to theme.js

Now, to get the most out of your stories, there should be a way to toggle between themes in a click.

Completed styled-components example with theme switcher

To add the switcher, add your darkTheme object into the the withThemeFromJSXProvider decorator themes object

Adding a second theme will create a new toolbar menu to select your desired theme for your stories.

Get involved

Now you're ready to use styled-components with Storybook. 🎉 Check out the example repo for a quick start.

If you use styled-components at work, we'd love your help making an addon that automatically applies the configuration above. Join the maintainers in Discord to get involved, or jump into addon docs.

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